I am pleased to announce my newest MOC
The RTS Zavala Steamship-of-War
This vessel is a side-paddle-wheel sailing steamship.
The model is almost 4 ½ feet long (1.36 meters) and it uses 13 hull center sections.
Although called a schooner, the Zavala is more properly "hermaphrodite brigantine". Some drawings of the Zavala show 3 masts, but the best research (the INA article), however, confirms that she had only two masts. My model of the Zavala has working Lego pneumatic side-paddle-wheel walking-beam steam engines; it also has a working ship's wheel with steering gear reduction to the rudder. Things I like about this model: the curved inverted sloped stern, the full length gun deck mounting 24 cannons, the ship's bell, the boats, the way the schooner's gaff sail booms attach to the masts, the steer down the length of the hull, the curve around the bow and along the sides, and the paddle wheel shells. As you can see, the RTS Zavala has her guns run out and is firing up her boilers (two pneumatic air-tanks) - no doubt she has spotted her prey.
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BE SURE TO -> checkout some of the posts below (esp. #16, #18, #21)
Parts list and construction details on the ship's bell here.
Parts list and construction drawing on how to attach your boom in the middle of the mast here.
NEW! The links to the uploaded videos are here.
RTS Zavala was
Nominated for Best Sea Craft
at Brickworld 2009!
The TWO paged brickshelf gallery is here.
Some links about the real Texas Navys Zavala:
Wikipedia entry for the Texan Schooner Zavala
INA Article about the Zavala starts on page 10
Texas Navy ship list
NUMA article about the Zavala
Edited by SlyOwl, 21 September 2009 - 05:19 PM.